Egyptian red onions a week before harvest

Egyptian red onions a week before harvest

This is a particularly good example of recent innovation by Interveg building on a supply started in 2006.

Egypt has been producing vegetables along with rice, wheat and other agricultural crops since ancient times in the fertile silt soils created by flooding of the river Nile in its Delta.

Onions have been exported from this area to Europe for over 160 years. Large areas of desert have been reclaimed and substantial irrigation projects installed.

A combination of delta and sand land is the basis of our contracted supply of low cost Red Onions available in June and July each year.

Egyptian Onion Irrigation

Egyptian Onion Irrigation

2012 saw a major step forward with a brand new storage and grading facility being built in the heart of the best growing area. A collaboration with ERC of Holland has moved us very significantly towards handling onions in a gentle but mechanised way. Our staff have a pleasant environment in which to work away from the heat of the sun which has also lead to considerable improvement in quality and reliability.

2013 has seen further development of in-house onion growing to ensure an even greater degree of control of quality and costs and additional capital expenditure in 2013 and 2014 has further improved the working environment for our staff. Storage capacity has been significantly increased and welfare and accommodation facilities have been completed.